One of my favorite staple healthy plant-based breakfasts to have in the morning is cinnamon porridge oats.
Oats make the perfect quick, healthy breakfast food and are an excellent source of many nutrients including protein, dietary fiber, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, iron, manganese and zinc.
Cinnamon is a spice with a long traditional history of culinary and medicinal use all over the world. Studies have found cinnamon to exhibit anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-microbial, lipid-lowering and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cacao nibs are packed with heart-healthy flavanols, which help to support circulation and cardiovascular health. Cacao nibs are also a good source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper and potassium.
Porridge oats are very versatile and you can add pretty much any superfood you can think of to boost the overall nutrition of the meal such as nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, functional foods such as maca root, medicinal mushrooms, dried fruits such as goji berries and so on, all go great as a garnish for porridge oats.
I included a tablespoon of golden flaxseed in the recipe below, which is a great source of heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of ALA(alpha-linolenic-acid).
1/2 cup of gluten free oats.
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon of organic cinnamon powder
Pinch of himalayan salt/celtic sea salt or other unrefined trace element rich salt.
A sprinkle of cacao nibs to garnish
A handful of blueberries to boost antioxidants
Optional: Tablespoon of golden flaxseed for a boost of Omega-3 fatty acids(ALA)
Pour oats into saucepan and add water or milk of choice.
Sprinkle in a pinch of salt.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent the oats from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
I like my oats thick but not completely stodgy so i find 3-4 minutes is enough.
To serve, pour into bowl and garnish with cacao nibs, blueberries and any other ingredients such as honey.
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